|Type of Product:||e-Book (our e-books are in PDF format and can be viewed on your computer or any compatible reading device) (also see print version of this book)
|Grade Level:||Elementary School, Middle School
Even science fair enthusiasts may dread grappling with these two questions:
1. How can you organize many middle school students doing many different projects at the same time?
2. How can you help students while giving them the freedom of choice and independence of thought that come with genuine inquiry?
Answer the questions—and face science fairs without fear—with the help of this book from the Science Fair Warm-Up series. This book, for grades 5–8, is particularly suited for those students who have not participated in a science fair before, as it lays a foundation for the ideas developed in the later books about the practices of scientists. Even students who have experienced science fairs will find many ideas about scientific practices that are new to them. In addition to offering original investigations, the book provides problem-solving exercises to help students develop the inquiry skills to carry the projects through.
To save you time, the materials are organized to grow more challenging and encourage independent study as students progress through the grade levels. To help you meet your teaching goals, the series is based on the constructivist view that makes students responsible for their own learning and aligns with national standards and the new Framework for K–12 Science Education.
Science Fair Warm-Up will prepare both you and your students for science fair success. But even if you don’t have a science fair in your future, the material can help make your students more proficient with scientific research.
|Intended User Role:||Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Classroom management, Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Science safety, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
Chapter 1: Starting Points
* Paper Helicopters
* What Makes Seeds Grow?
* Check Rust
* What Makes Sow Bugs Move?
* Bouncing Balls
** Louis Braille’s Invention
** Archimedes’ Screw
** Electric Cells
** The Right Nail for the Right Job
** Suffocating Candles
*** Women Can! Men Can’t!
*** Smoking Chimneys
*** Acid Rain and Pollution
*** Life on the Moon
*** Falling Leaves
Chapter 2: An Overview of the Nature of Scientific Inquiry
* Beginner Scientists and Experienced Scientists
Chapter 3: Science Without Numbers
* Wondering Why
Chapter 4: The Numbers Game
* Learning to Play the Numbers Game
Chapter 5: Variables and Their Control
* Being Fair
Chapter 6: Experiment Design
* Getting Experiments to Work: Repeatability
Chapter 7: Sources of Error
* Taking the Average
Chapter 8: Making Sense of Your Results
* Charting Your Data
Chapter 9: Explanations
* Looking for Patterns and Trends: Generalizing
Chapter 10: Sharing Your Findings
* Displaying Your Project
Chapter 11: Judging Projects
* Checking Quality
Chapter 12: Generating Ideas for Projects
* Ideas From Previous Science Fairs
Appendix A. Science Fair Project Judging Criteria
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